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Top 10 Tips for Launching Your Makerspace

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Makerspaces engage students and encourage critical thinking and collaboration, but getting started can be daunting. Makerspaces engage students and encourage critical thinking and collaboration, but getting started can be daunting. As two in-the-trenches K–12 librarians who have just created our own makerspace, we want to offer encouragement to those thinking about creating their own makerspaces. Here are our top 10 tips: 1.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

Digital Promise

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They are also getting higher grades. What are makerspaces? They’re creative spaces where students can gather to explore, tinker, discover and create, and they’re making students more enthusiastic about school.

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3 Reminders for the Beginning of the School Year

The Principal of Change

It is such a pleasure to work with schools at the beginning of the year. I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to hopefully push thinking on what is possible for the upcoming school year, while appreciating the hard work of educators, and hopefully inspiring them through some humor and fun.

Padlet: Time to Take a Selfie Icebreaker

Catlin Tucker

Do you struggle to learn your students’ names at the start of the school year? If so, this is an icebreaker activity you should try! First, teachers create a Padlet wall, title it “Time to Take a Selfie,” and provide a prompt with questions for students to answer. Below is a list of questions I have used to encourage students to share something about themselves. Typically, I select three questions for them to answer in their post along with their names and photos.

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Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Teachers Learn Just Like Students: A Case Study From Singapore

The Journal

Professional development is out; professional learning is in. In this week’s blog post we visit Singapore schools again. We describe how researchers and experienced teachers, there, scaffold fellow science teachers who are learning inquiry pedagogy through inquiry. In turn, those science teachers will use the same sorts of scaffolds to support their students who are learning science through inquiry

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Fun Video Project! Produce a TV Commercial for an Invention

Teacher Reboot Camp

In a previous post I outlined my 6 step process for implementing digital projects (1. Evaluate an example, 2. Assign the mission, 3. Students carryout the mission, 4. Peer edit, 5. Share the mission, and 6. Feedback/evaluation). In upcoming posts I will be sharing some of my student projects to give you ideas for the upcoming year. In the following project students produce a TV commercial marketing their inventions.

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8 Ways to Redesign on a Minimal Budget

Tom Murray

Redesigning learning spaces is far easier feat if the money exists to support it. However, the vast reality is many, if not most districts, don’t have the budget available to purchase new furniture, no less at scale. Thus when redesigning spaces, affordability and sustainability most always remain part of the conversation. Educators are some of the most creative, problem solvers on the planet, as many continue to develop cost saving hacks to create dynamic spaces for kids.

How To Get Started Teaching Online

EdNews Daily

Welcome back to our “Teacher Feature Series,” where we chat with educators who work online across borders. Today, please read about Shaundra Schlapia’s journey with HAWO American Academy. Shaundra, please tell us all about you! HAWO American Academy Educator, Shaundra Schlapia. My name is Shaundra Schlapia, and I teach students in various elementary grades and middle grades one-on-one lessons with HAWO American Academy. I am an elementary school teacher and have been for 14 years.

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Why gamification works [Part 2]

Neo LMS

In my last blog we started discussing the “why” of gamification , with a specific focus on the nature of motivation, lensed through one broadly held theory of motivation called Self-Determination Theory (SDT), not to be confused at this point with self-directed learning.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

Fun Video Project! Produce a TV Commercial for an Invention

Teacher Reboot Camp

In a previous post I outlined my 6 step process for implementing digital projects (1. Evaluate an example, 2. Assign the mission, 3. Students carryout the mission, 4. Peer edit, 5. Share the mission, and 6. Feedback/evaluation). In upcoming posts I will be sharing some of my student projects to give you ideas for the upcoming year. In the following project students produce a TV commercial marketing their inventions.

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5 Ways to Improve Conferences and Make Them More Productive

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

To create a conference that works for attendees and vendors, use these suggestions from an experienced entrepreneur and conference-goer. The post 5 Ways to Improve Conferences and Make Them More Productive appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Computer Science Conferences lead generation Marketing sales Startup

Selfless Acts Exemplify Who We Are

A Principal's Reflections

" A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. " - James Keller The other day I headed out to run some errands. It is common practice for me to use this time listening to a variety of radio stations. If there is any talk between the disc jockeys (are they even still called this) or commercials I quickly press the tuning button to get some real music playing. As I fiddled around on this particular day, I couldn’t find anything in particular that piqued my listening interests.

6 of the best art and culture ed-tech tools

Neo LMS

We’ve delved into some quite technical stuff recently, so I thought I’d give us all a break with a little bit of art. Specifically I’ve trawled the net for some of the best art, art history and cultural appreciation sites and apps. In an age of heavy STEM influence, the liberal arts, art appreciation and cultural studies are seen as somewhat of a rarefied and career-unwise privilege. However, it is also true that students who study the arts tend to have higher SAT scores than those who don’t.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Innovative Leaders Part 1: How to Become an Innovative School Leader

Education Elements

“Please see me in my office when you get a break.” A message that is not for the faint of heart. It is also a message I received often from my principal when I was teaching. You read that correctly, I was regularly asked to visit the principal’s office. Given my fear of being in trouble, this is not a message I would typically welcome from my boss but she was not a typical lady!

Students Over Profit: The Entrepreneurial Approach To Education

EdNews Daily

Can your institution be entrepreneurial and put students over profit at the same time? When a company offers exceptional customer service and high-quality products that are cost-effective, it will reap a profit. Consumers desire and seek out such businesses, so why wouldn’t an educational institution offer the same for today’s students?

Part 1: Computational Thinking: 10 Ways To Promote CT Across The Curriculum

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to part one on this series based on Computation Thinking. This first post will provide the “what” along with some steps to promote this important practice. The second post will provide a goldmine of resources to get you started with your students. You will not want to miss it! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

30 Universal Strategies For Learning by Terry Heick As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies. Learning actions, or cognitive actions. Strategies for learning. Self-directed and social learning will undoubtedly be at the core of any […]. The post 30 Universal Strategies For Learning appeared first on TeachThought.

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Innovative Leaders Part 1: How to Become an Innovative School Leader

Education Elements

“Please see me in my office when you get a break.” A message that is not for the faint of heart. It is also a message I received often from my principal when I was teaching. You read that correctly, I was regularly asked to visit the principal’s office. Given my fear of being in trouble, this is not a message I would typically welcome from my boss but she was not a typical lady!

10 districts with awesome brands

eSchool News

No one is great at everything, but everyone is great at something. These 10 school districts identified why their district is awesome, then structured everything they do around it to produce a noteworthy brand. Let’s take a peek into their worlds and identify some methods K–12 districts are using to build a great brand. First, a quick note: I have not worked for nor do I live near these districts.

Part 2: Computational Thinking: Over 50 Resources To Teach CT Across the Curriculum

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to part two on this series based on Computation Thinking. This second post will provide a goldmine of resources to get you started with your students. In the prior post I provided 10 ideas to promote Computational Thinking across the curriculumn. You will not want to miss it! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

Restorative justice is about more than just reducing suspensions

The Hechinger Report

Students participate in a restorative circle, a practice that’s part of a movement away from harsh discipline in schools. Photo: Jim Vaiknoras for The Hechinger Report. With just two words, a classroom can be thrown into chaos. Anne Gregory, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers University, recalls just such a scenario when an angry high school student shouted an expletive (“F— off!”) at his teacher, bringing class to a halt.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

The RISE Package for R: Reducing Time Through the OER Continuous Improvement Cycle

Iterating Toward Openness

You may have heard me say some of this before. By definition, open educational resources (OER) are licensed in a manner that gives you permission to change, update, and improve them. However, that permission gives you no insight into what needs to be improved. Learning analytics, on the other hand, can provide great insight into where course materials – including OER – are not effectively supporting student learning.

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Back to School Student Goal-Setting and Motivation with Digital Vision Boards

Teacher Reboot Camp

At the beginning of the school year we can get students focused on setting and accomplishing learning goals and personal goals by getting them to create digital vision boards. Vision boards are basically collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals representing personal goals. Extremely successful people swear by them.

Research Isn't Sexy.But You Need It Anyway

The Web20Classroom

For some time now Shaelynn Farnsworth and I have been reflecting on our own learning and professional development practices, looking for gaps in instruction and aiming to improve our craft. One of our longest conversations has been around research. In the work we do, we are constantly reading and attempting to understand the research behind the popular instructional movements of today.

Design with Students in Mind

CUE

If we were to sit in one of the 26 desks in our classroom, what would we see? What would our day be like as we moved through the school, from class to class at the sound of the bell 6, maybe 7, times a day? The halls of our buildings have many stories within […]. The post Design with Students in Mind appeared first on OnCUE. Learn Blended Learning Education Technology

The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

OPINION: Advice about how to raise the high school graduation rate — from students themselves

The Hechinger Report

. “Ask how we’re doing and mean it. Ask the follow-up question, even when we brush you off the first time. And be willing to listen to the answers.”. If you want to know what young people need to succeed, it turns out you should just ask them. They’ll tell you. And they’ll make it clear that neither miracles nor miracle workers are required to help more students graduate from high school and be prepared for the future.

Back to School Student Goal-Setting and Motivation with Digital Vision Boards

Teacher Reboot Camp

At the beginning of the school year we can get students focused on setting and accomplishing learning goals and personal goals by getting them to create digital vision boards. Vision boards are basically collages of inspirational people, quotes, and visuals representing personal goals. Extremely successful people swear by them.

The 4 C’s of Learning in a Connected Classroom

EdTech Magazine

The 4 C’s of Learning in a Connected Classroom. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:34. K–12 schools transitioning to a connected classroom model should be focusing on four key aspects, or the “four C’s” of learning , to create a successful learning environment, according to a Cisco report on using technology in the classroom. For teachers with the latest smartboard or new Chromebooks for students, installing the technology is not the end of the process, it’s the very beginning.

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